More on how to abuse your favorite grant writer.
We don’t have to like something when we’re writing it, but we do have to be in love with it. What’s the difference between like and love. For a more complete definition see Shakespeare. But from my point-of-view, when you’re in love your blind to all the shortcomings and only see the beauty of what you behold. When you like something, you see the flaws and, in fact, will probably never be able to look past them. For a writer, they have to work themselves into enough of an enthusiastic frenzy to have the energy to do an excellent job — they have to love what they are working on. But don’t lie to us. Don’t ask us to write lies.
Don’t decide to use a writer until after the bidder’s conference - that really puts her at a disadvantage. Even though you may have a staff representative attend the conference and take great notes — it’s not the same thing and it’s definitely not as effective. A grant writer needs to go the bidder’s conference of the grant they are writing. Period. See our chapter on “BIDDER’S CONFERENCE.”
We come in contact with a lot of people who have written grants. Some will actually take us aside and let us know that they could write the one we’re working on — and could probably do a better job. That is, if they could find the time. That’s the trick isn’t it? Amateurs try to find the time. Professionals make the time. And writing time - as we’ve discussed before in WRITING STYLES is creating focused time: no distractions, no phone calls, no meetings, no office chit-chat, no life — just pure writing time. A professional writer is paid to keep their calendar free, budget time, focus on one thing at a time in a concentrated manner. Create a distraction free environment.
Final thoughts on this subject in Part Ten in the next post.
Meanwhile, for more about how a grant writer should work as part of a planning team for your grant proposal, please read my new book, RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: THE GROUNDBREAKING PROCESS USED TO WIN MORE THAN $385 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE GRANT FUNDS. Go to www.SandyPointInk.com.